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If you know Chinese, I think you can find lot of news on this thing! Just search on Google news, :)
I believe the news is true! The news said, google is preparing their new office in ShangHai. And the reproter get some offical infomation from Google's employeer.
The unite seems somewhat desolate as there is only a few staffs from U.S. now, and the chinese staffs would be on duty after The Labor's Day holiday. She revealed that Google would offically connected with news and media soon.
I notice that both the google.com.cn and google.cn domains are now resolving to Google sites, but not the Chinese version. A few years ago these domains were not the property of Google [webmasterworld.com]. We've had to use
instead. Some enterprising Chinese people registered those names before Google could get to them. However, it looks like they're both owned by Google now.
As the search giant's habitual behavior, it run an underwork for setting up its chinese office. According to the latest news, there is even no signs indicating Google in its offices. So in China, no one could get official information from Google. One thing We could only do is to wait for Google's statement.
and yes, the 1st May falls on Sunday, and we always have seven days for the Labor's Day Holiday. In general, staffs would come back to work after the 7th May. Maybe there will some new info from Google then, I think.
I will pay close attention to it, and publish the newest info here :)
Do we know that Google will be offering a full range of services including AdWords & AdSense in Chinese?
According to that article there is a rumor that the original president of Sohu will be joining the Google China team. I guess a lot of that is just speculation until there is a formal announcement from Google.
Spoke with a Google spokesperson just now, who clarified the multiple reports, including mine, about Google's plans in China. Google is opening an office on the mainland, but the office is not an indication of a new operation, she told me. Rather, the company has obtained a license to open a "representative office" - which she described as a place where Google folks can work and hold meetings when they are visiting China. The goal is to spend more time in the country, get to know the local business and political infrastructure, and get smart about options moving forward. As to what those options are, Google had no comment, but did say it was considering a number of them.
The office is in a shared office space set up, the kind of place many businesses lease when they are starting out in a new country (I've done it before in London with The Standard). Apparently the local Hong Kong and Chinese press have had a field day with this story, going so far as to interview a woman who runs the leased office space and claim she was an employee of the company. "Google is committed to learning as much as it can about the local market," the real Google spokesperson told me. But she added that Google has not hired anyone in China. As to reports that Google had retained Victor Koo, she claimed to have no knowledge of that one way or another.
One interesting snippet is that Google has apparently received a licence for a "Representative Office" which restricts what they can and cannot do in China in terms of employment, investment and profit retrieval. Interesting.
Even if finally it decided to operate here, Google won't make that publicly, unless it becomes childish and harebrained.
I can promise Google will soon start business runing in China. After all, this is a significant market that cann't to be ignored, and more important than any others.